Sustainability TED Talks

TED’s slogan is “Ideas worth spreading.” Well, here I go spreading my favorite TED ideas about sustainability and education. My most recent discoveries are on top. Enjoy!


Michael Pawlyn: Using Nature’s Genius in Architecture

Michael Pawlyn gives some fantastic examples of how nature’s designs can be used in architecture to solve a variety of problems. A great example of drawing inspiration from nature rather than feeling our need to “save” it.


Derek Sivers: How to Start a Movement

Derek Sivers’ short 4-minute example of how to start a movement. Inspiring, to-to-the-point.

Derek Sivers: How to Start a Movement

Derek Sivers’ short 4-minute example of how to start a movement. Inspiring, to-to-the-point.

Dan Barber: How I Fell in Love With A Fish

Dan Barber is a chef, food scholar, and amazing public speaker. Here, he shows a great example of a sustainable fish farm and implores us all to reconsider our food. Truly a remarkable talk.

Jamie Oliver: Teach Every Child About Food

Jamie Oliver’s TED wish is granted. He wants us to teach every child about food. He wants to fight obesity and heart disease with knowledge. He wants every student to leave school armed with 10 recipes that will save their lives. In true Jamie Oliver style, he lisps his way through his passion and gets you all riled up.

Bill Gates: Innovating to Zero!

When Al Gore speaks of climate change, people roll their eyes at the hippie politician who lost an election an chose an inconvenient path to pursue. When Bill Gates, the world’s richest and most successful businessman, suggests that energy innovations not only save our world, they will become a lucrative market, people stop and listen. A great and inspiring talk.

Edward Burtynsky: Manufactured Landscapes

A picture is worth a thousand words and Burtynsky’s images are astounding. Through photographing humans’ impact on the planet, his implores us to take a look at what we’re doing. This was the winner of the 2005 TED Prize. Stunning.

James Balog: Time-Lapse Proof of Extreme Ice Loss

I think the title says it all. Unfortunately, I don’t find him very riveting, but the evidence speaks for itself.

Bjorn Lomborg sets global priorities

I find Lomborg cocky and his political scientist’s view of global issues narrow and the opposite of the holistic vision that I think we need both as educators and as people. I find Gates’ talk (above) much more appealing both from the economic point-of-view and the environmental point-of-view. But, Lomborg’s talk is thought-provoking, as are all talks that set out to shake things up, so here it is.

Ann Cooper, AKA the Renegade Lunch Lady

Before Jamie Oliver, there was this angry lunch lady. I find her even more inspiring, fiery, and articulate than Jamie himself.  You go, girlfriend.

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